SOUTHINGTON - A Plantsville man accused of drunkenly pointing a gun at another man and firing a shot into the air will likely not be prosecuted.
Reeton Jones, 49, of 310 Buckland St., was granted Accelerated Rehabilitation - a first-time offender program - during a hearing Wednesday in Bristol Superior Court. The program, if he's successful, will allow him to avoid prosecution.
According to police, Jones allegedly thought a man in a vehicle, outside in the area of Jones’ home, looked suspicious, so he approached the car with a gun drawn and pointed it at the man on March 13. The victim apologized and drove away. As he was driving away, Jones allegedly pointed the gun into the air and fired one round.
When police responded to the area, a drunken Jones came out of his home with a gun in a holster, according to police. Jones had a valid pistol permit. The permit and multiple guns were seized.
In the months preceding the incident, Jones’ attorney on Wednesday said, his client had had multiple issues with motorists driving onto his multi-acre property. He also said the incident happened around 1 a.m.
A judge granted Jones the program, while telling him what he did was “utterly and totally inappropriate.” He ordered that Jones avoid further arrests, take a gun safety class and not possess any guns while in the program.
If Jones is successful, charges of illegal discharge of a firearm, illegal possession of a firearm while under the influence, second-degree breach of peace and first-degree reckless endangerment will be dropped on Nov. 19, 2019. He will also get his guns back.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.